In the Garden:
Southwestern Deserts
December, 2010
Regional Report

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Tickets to a special event at your local botanical garden makes a lovely holiday gift.

Easy-to-Give Gifts for Gardeners

Avoid the erratic drivers and hordes of shoppers. Instead, consider these easy-to-give gifts for gardeners and wanna-be gardeners.

Membership to a local botanical garden
Individual or family memberships are available, giving recipients unlimited entry through the year. Search for gardens near you at the American Public Gardens Association, http://www.aabga.org/gardens.

Outing to your favorite public garden.
In lieu of a full membership, invite someone to tag along on your next outing. If you are already a member of your local public garden, you may have guest passes or may be able to buy a ticket for a special event such as luminaria nights during the holidays, butterfly propagation houses in spring, perhaps even showstopper events like Chihuly: The Nature of Glass exhibited at the Desert Botanical Garden that embeds wonderous glass exhibits within planted areas.

Christmas tree outing.
As folks get older, and/or cars get smaller, it can be problematic to haul a Christmas tree home. Give an advance gift by offering to be the designated driver and tree muscle for seniors on your list. Take them out for coffee and a sweet along the way.

Recommended reading list
Make a list of your favorite gardening books, including a few details on why the book is helpful to you, or why it may be good for the recipient's level of gardening expertise. Attach a gift certificate to your local bookstore and let them choose the book.

Beginner's set of tools
Head to a local garden center and find a great looking pot. Tuck in a trowel, cultivator, by-pass pruners and a pair of gloves. Good quality tools will last for years, reminding the recipient of your gift every time they dig in!


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